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Levin Travels to Mexico to Highlight the Key Issue for NAFTA Negotiations - Labor Rights

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Location: Washington, DC

Representative Sander Levin (D-MI) will be in Mexico this week to discuss labor rights with workers, businesses, researchers and government officials. His trip will start in San Luis Potosí, a growing industrial hub for a number of automotive-related products and then continue to Mexico City, where Levin will attend swearing-in events for the newly elected Mexican Senate and meet with Mexican officials.

"Mexico's industrial policy of keeping wages low by suppressing workers' rights has led to the outsourcing of U.S. jobs, while also keeping Mexican workers from rising to the middle class," declared Rep. Levin. "Any new NAFTA cannot address this critical problem indirectly or with half measures. It must tear down this long-standing structure now embedded in many thousands of so-called protection contracts, which were signed with no real input from or knowledge by workers. We hope our trip will further illuminate the essential importance of this issue, especially as negotiations over NAFTA have reached a critical juncture."

Accompanying Rep. Levin on the trip will be Harley Shaiken from the University of California Berkeley, Gladys Cisneros from the Solidarity Center, and Ben Davis from United Steelworkers.


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